Google has revealed a new hosted site search service aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.

The search engine is offering packages between $100 (£49) and $500 (£245) per year, based on companies who wish to index between 5,000 and 50,000 pages.

Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management for Google told CNet: "We have transformed the market with our Google appliance."

"This is a leap forward in the site search market," he added.

It is claimed that setting up and tailoring the service can take as little as ten minutes.

Jim Murphy, an analyst at AMR Research, said that the internet search engine’s latest marketing move was "ultimately . . . a threat to Microsoft".

Google has also confirmed today that its cookies will now auto-delete from a user’s computer after a two-year period providing another Google service is not accessed.

Previously any cookies deposited by Google would only delete automatically after the year 2039.

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